Scottish football chiefs 'ordered into urgent talks' with Scottish Government after lockdown breach

Scottish football chiefs were reportedly forced into “urgent talks” with the Scottish Government following Sunday’s scenes in Glasgow.

According to the Daily Record, chief executives of the Scottish FA and SPFL, Ian Maxwell and Neil Doncaster, respectively, were asked to speak with minister for public health, sport and wellbeing Mairi Gougeon to address concerns.

Thousands of Rangers fans broke lockdown rules on Sunday to celebrate their team’s title win. It echoed behaviour of rivals Celtic earlier in the campaign when Parkhead supporters protested the running of the club.

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Holyrood is said to be unhappy with the scenes brought about by the clinching of the 2020/21 Scottish Premiership crown and are seeking assurances from the governing body as to what can be done to prevent a repeat when Celtic and Rangers meet at Celtic Park in less than a fortnight from now.

Rangers fans gather at George Square after their team clinch the Scottish Premiership crown. Picture: SNS
Rangers fans gather at George Square after their team clinch the Scottish Premiership crown. Picture: SNS

The meeting has raised fears that the government would be prepared to bring football to a halt if further disruptions occur.

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